Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Bold Predictions for 2013 Copa Del Rey Final

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 27, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 01: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid helps up Falcao of Club Atletico de Madrid during the la Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid will take on cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid in the final of the 2013 Copa Del Rey after both teams won through their respective semifinals.

Los Blancos stunned many to beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp to book their spot in the final whilst Atletico hung on for a 2-2 draw against Sevilla to win on aggregate, despite scoring two goals early.

The two teams will meet now in the final of the tournament.

The final won't actually take place until the 18th of May, which is nearly three months away—but that doesn't mean we can't have a look at what might transpire.

Here's some bold (and early) predictions for the 2013 Copa Del Rey final.


Atleitco Madrid Score the Opening Goal


Despite having a lead and holding a key advantage over their opponents, Atleitco Madrid still showed their attacking strength by netting two early goals in their semifinal over Sevilla—something that the home side would no doubt have been desperate to avoid.

And whilst Los Blancos have been the more dominant attacking side in recent years between these two clubs, it will be them that take the early lead in the final.

Atletico have scored first in all but six of their domestic matches so far this season, and with Real's defense still showing potential vulnerability at times, the likes of Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa should have enough prowess to combine for the first goal of the match.


Goals Flow Aplenty for Both Teams


Whilst Atletico Madrid might score the opening goal of the match here, you can simply guarantee that both teams will find the back of the net in this one.

The two teams are combining for an average of nearly 4.5 goals per game scored this season in La Liga, and with the final on the line, will be throwing everything at their opponents' defense—which is likely to produce plenty of goals.

One look at the attacking strength of both teams and the track record that both have to finish in high-scoring games proves that to be true also.

I'd say six goals in the final, with the final score being...


Real Madrid win 4-2


What this match won't be is a battle of possession in midfield, with one team trying to defend gallantly against the other and try and sneak a goal on the counter.

That was how Real Madrid played against Barcelona, but it won't be how they play against Atleitco here—they'll be pushing for goals from the outset and will be no doubt finding the back of the net plenty of times in the process as well.

With an early goal from Atletico, Madrid will come back with a string of goals in quick concession—taking a 3-1 lead into the half-time interval.

Los Blancos will face a real scare when Atletico net from a penalty late through Falcao, but with their opponents throwing everything in attack, will finish off the match with a huge goal against the run of play to secure the championship for Jose Mourinho.

4-2, Real Madrid, with Los Blancos the 2013 Copa Del Rey champions.


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